Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Week #8, Game Predictions, NFL Football

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
.............. 73-33 record so far

Here's My Week #8 Predictions

OAK @ BUF: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr pulled off a "no time on the clock" win last week, and the same kind of antics will occur this week.  It'll be ugly, close, and a last minute comeback, but the Raiders will do it again.

MIN @ CLE: Minnesota will continue to fly high, as the woes of the Browns continue.

IND @ CIN: Andrew Luck's 2017 still looks shaky, and Indy can't win without him.

LAC @ NE: A few lucky wins by the Chargers cannot and will not equate to a win in Foxboro.

CHI @ NO: I am starting to believe the Saints are the real thing. . . but can they win the division?

ATL @ NYJ: Atlanta has not been Super Bowl worthy, but the high flying Jets are no match.

SF @ PHI: Wentz has been incredible, this year.  Chalk up another one for the Eagles.

CAR @ TB: The Bucs will take advantage of Carolina's woes and confusing record.

HOU @ SEA: Texans shock Seahawks with their incredible rookie quarterback, DeShaun Watson.

DAL @ WAS: Despite Ezekiel Elliot, Washington pulls off the win at home.

PIT @ DET: Steelers win a close one, because the Steelers have a better defense, and Big Ben.

DEN @ KC: Chiefs embarrass Broncos, and Denver decides 2017 is over and done with.

MIA @ BAL: Ravens are by far the better team, and stomps the Dolphins.

Teams on Bye:

Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Week #7 NFL Football Predictions

I took a beating last week. . .

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
.............. 61-30 record so far

Here's The Week #7 Predictions

KCOAK: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is back.  Last week, however, wasn't the homecoming he hoped for losing by one to the hated Chargers.  He feels he has something to prove.  KC, with last week's gut-wrenching loss to Pittsburgh, their first of the season, are doubting themselves.  Oakland in a close one at home.

TB @ BUF: The Bills are flying high with a 3-2 record, and Tampa Bay is struggling with a 2-3 record.  The Bills have proven to have a good defense.  The Bucs offense has been pretty good.  While Evans has been a favorite target of Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, with Jameis not fully healthy I don't believe he can overcome the Bills' defense.  Buffalo wins it.

CARCHI: Carolina faltered against Philly last week, but honestly, Wentz has been impressing the entire league.  I was foolish to go against them, last week.  That said, Chicago's win against Baltimore was an even bigger surprise.  So, who's the lucky ones?  I really don't hold a lot of faith in Chicago's offense. I have to go with Carolina, on this one.

TEN @ CLE: The Browns haven't won one, yet, and they aren't about to start in this game.  Tennessee desperately wants to get into the winning record column, and are going into this game right at .500 - Mariota has a good game, and Cleveland's fans will go home empty.

NO@ GB: Aaron Rodgers is down for the season, therefore, Green Bay's season is over.  Without their great quarterback, the Packers can't outscore Drew Brees and his high scoring Saints.

JAX @ IND: Jacksonville has won two of their three last road games, and have been putting up some pretty decent numbers.  Indy's defense has been atrocious.  The Jaguars' running game, and defense will beat up on the Colts. . . while Andrew Luck's injury may be coming close to an end, there's no guarantee he'll be able to do much to help Indianapolis in this game.

ARI @ LAR: The Rams have been showing glimpses of who they will be in the near future.  In a tight game, they get the victory in London against an Arizona team that has been up and down in search of recent greatness.

NYJ @ MIA: I've been saying that the Jets and Dolphins are among the two worse teams in the NFL, then they both began to win.  So much for the race to the bottom theory.  Now that they are facing off, it was difficult to determine who would pull this week's game off with a win.  The Jets gave Tom Terrific and the New England Patriots a run for their money, and Miami, with Cutler in charge, pulled off a win against Matt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons last week.  Despite the home advantage, I am going to give this one to New York. . . in a squeaker that may go into overtime.

BAL @ MIN: The Vikings are coming off of three wins out of their last four games, but the Ravens seem to play better on the road.  Now that they knocked Aaron Rodgers out for the season, Minnesota has become a favorite to win the division.  That is a confidence booster the Vikings plan to carry into their game against Baltimore.  The Vikings will take advantage of the noise at home, and win this won, but I don't think they will cover their 4.5 point spread.

DALSF: The Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliot is a running machine, and San Francisco is 0-5.  Easy call.  Dallas wins this one by a bunch.

CIN @ PIT: The Steelers have been a little eclectic, but Big Ben's got it under control at home against Cincy. Pittsburgh has the slightly better offense, especially when it comes to the Red Zone, and the Steelers also have a better defense (statistically, anyway).  Plus, they are at home.  The Iron Curtain wins, but by less than a touchdown (but more than a field goal).

DEN @ LAC: Denver has a fantastic defense, but no quarterback.  However, their rushing game has been pretty good.  The Chargers have a pretty good defense, and a good quarterback, but no offense around Philip Rivers.  Denver wins because of its defense in front of a small crowd in the small stadium in Carson, California.

SEA @ NYG: The odds-makers have the Seahawks winning by a little more than a touchdown.  They are right.  New York's defense is no match for Seattle's explosive offense (when it decides to explode).  Eli Manning is overrated, and Seattle's defense will shut him down.  I suspect the win might be by more than two touchdowns for the Seahawks.

ATL @ NE: In a Super Bowl rematch, while Atlanta is capable of beating the Patriots, they are not capable of doing it in front of New England's home crowd.

WAS @ PHI: The Eagles have made me a believer. . . even against division rival Washington.

Teams on Bye:

Detroit Lions, Houston Texans

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Week #6 Preview, Predictions Win Loss, NFL Football

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5:  10-4
.............. 54-23 record so far

Here's The Week #6 Predictions

LAC @ OAK: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is out, and normally Oakland can't win without him, but the hapless Chargers will not be allowed to walk into the Black Hole and even have a chance.  The surprise of the day with be Oakland's defense stepping up.  Philip Rivers will throw a couple interceptions, and the Raiders will win one for Carr. UPDATE: Mid-week Carr stated he plans to play.  He's wearing a wrap to support his back.  With Carr at the helm, the Raiders definitely have this one.

PHI @ CAR: I like Philadelphia. They have already outperformed what everyone thought they would accomplish.  However, rookie Wentz and crew are not good enough to beat Cam Newton at home.  While Cam is no longer Superman, this is a game the Panthers should be able to win.

MIA @ ATL: The Falcons make minced meat out of the Dolphins.  Atlanta is ready to make sushi out of Miami because they are rested (bye last week) and have studied what they did wrong when they lost to Buffalo two weeks ago.  Besides, Matt Ryan and his very talented Falcons are very hungry after last season's Super Bowl loss.

CHI @ BAL: The Ravens' win against Carr-less Oakland last week put them over .500, and now they are ready to make a run for the division.  Chicago is battling with Cleveland, Miami, San Francisco, and the New York Jets for the title of worst team in the NFL, despite the fact that they have a relatively stingy defense.

CLE @ HOU: Houston has been much better than originally anticipated, partly with Deshaun Watson as a pleasant surprise with an NFL leading quarterback rating going into last week.  That said, while they should be able to handle the Browns with relative ease, the J.J. Watt injury definitely places a question mark on their post-season opportunity.

GB @ MIN: A hope for a Bradford surge and Latavius Murray to run to his potential is going to give Green Bay a very good game, but last week's insane comeback by the Packers over the Cowboys reminded us that Aaron Rodgers is the NFL quarterback not named Tom Brady you don't bet against.

DET @ NO: Detroit is the kind of team that has been beating who they should, but Drew Brees and gang won't allow the Lions to have a victory in the House of the Saints, especially if superstar rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore has anything to say about it.

NE @ NYJ: A game the Patriots should win with ease.  The Jets are young, eager, and surprisingly, and have been winning enough to grab first place in the division.  That will be something they will enjoy for a moment, but it won't last long.  Not expecting New York's "other team" to be this year's sleeper.

SF @ WAS: Cousins and gang are pretty decent, despite a few key injuries.  49ers aren't.

TB @ ARI: Frustrated, Cardinals leader Carson Palmer will pull off a great one at home, showing Jameis a few reasons why the former Trojan is still in the league.  With the addition of Adrian Peters in Phoenix, it only makes the Cardinals better.  Peters is not what he once was, but with the right offensive line, he's still explosive.  The presence of Peters will open up the passing game, and Palmer will through deep, and accurately.

LAR @ JAX: The Rams show flashes of brilliance, but their youth and inexperience usually hurts them against the bigger, badder teams.  Goff and Gurley are learning, and they will be bringing a chip on their shoulders to Jacksonville.  The Los Angeles Rams will not be returning playoff football to L.A. this year, but we are beginning to see that postseason football in the City of Angels may be something we'll be seeing soon (possibly next season?).

PIT @ KC: Will the Chiefs ever lose?  Denver is still searching for a decent quarterback, the Chargers are still searching for any semblance of a winning season, and the Raiders loss of Derek Carr for a while has opened a wide open alley for Kansas City to run through the division untouched, and they are taking every advantage of it that they can as they dominate what most people believe to be the most competitive division in football.  The undefeated streak continues as the confidence of Alex Smith continues to make good things happen.  Besides, Big Ben in Pittsburgh is having some confidence issues.  The Steelers offense has simply not been as good as it should be.

NYG @ DEN: While Denver is not playing the caliber football they have in the past, in this game the Broncos Defense will be too much for the New York Giants who saw their season end last week when Odell Beckham broke his ankle.

IND @ TEN: Andrew Luck is still out, and Mariota has been progressing nicely (despite last week's loss to Miami).  Titans win at home.

Teams on Bye:

Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Week #5 NFL Win/Loss Predictions

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
.............. 44-19 record so far

Here's Week #5 Predictions

üBAL @ OAK: Last week the Raiders franchise quarterback, Derek Carr, went down with a fracture in his back.  Raiders can't win without him.

üCAR @ DET: Cam Newton is no longer Superman, but this is a game the Panthers should be able to win.

üBUF @ CIN: Bengals continue to roll, beating regional rivals.

rNYJCLE: Battle of the worst teams in the NFL.  The Jets stunned Jacksonville last week, but better enjoy it because it was likely their only win of the season.  Cleveland has shows the ability to at least go down fighting so far this year, and will take care of New York to give their fans at least one win at home.

üSF @ IND: Andrew Luck is still a month away from returning, but even the wounded Colts can beat this terrible 49ers team.

rTEN @ MIA: Maimi can't win.  The Jets even beat them a couple weeks ago.  The embarrassment will continue. . . even at home.

rLAC @ NYG: The Giants are not going to make it to the playoffs, much less be much of a concern to anyone in their division, but the Chargers are unable to win, unable to close, and are in a weird flux in their new home.

üARI @ PHI: The Eagles have been surprisingly impressive, and Carson Palmer has had his problems.  Look for Philadelphia to win at home.

rJAX @ PIT: Jacksonville couldn't beat the Jets, so who is it they even have a chance against the Steelers?

üSEA @ LAR: The professionals will be too much for the youngsters in Los Angeles.  That said, the Rams are an up and coming team, and expect to see great things from Goff and Gurley.

üGB @ DAL: Aaron Rodgers is still the second greatest QB in the NFL.  Dak Prescott's offensive line may allow the Cowboys to score a lot, but Green Bays offense will outscore Dallas.

üKC @ HOU: Everyone knew that Kansas City would be among the better teams, but few saw them to be this good.  As the only undefeated team remaining in the NFL, the eclectic Texans will be no match.  The Chiefs will remain undefeated.

üMIN @ CHI: The Bears rank among the worst teams.  Minnesota has a lights out defense.  Easy call for the Vikings to win on Monday Night.

üNE @ TB: Again, you rarely seem me vote against Tom Brady.  Not a fan, but even at 40 he is lethal. . . besides, he's wanting to prove everyone wrong that the first loss in game one was because of age.  Patriots may not slaughter the Bucs, but it will be a New England sin.

Teams on Bye:

Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins